After eating tons of meat over the holiday, I had the opportunity to take the family out to eat last night and since we were craving dairy, we decided to try the new place in englewood.
Decor- the place is beautiful. It is not your traditional dairy pizza place. I would compare it to what Pasta factory used to be but with a little more warmth. There are 2 dining areas, the area in the back has a huge skylight and beautiful exposed bick. We sat in the back as we are a noisy crew (the hostess sat us there, I think this is part of the system) The place is very clean and bright (some might say too bright) but all in all, the place is very well done.
Service - The service was excellent. Now just so you know, we went early ( I know it was a fast day) and it wasnt especially busy. But the hostess seated us, brought menus and the waitress came right over with water and then gave us time to review the menu. When we did have questions, she was very capapble of answering all our questions and even joked to us that there had been a test about the menu! After we ordered, the waitress came over with a bread basket that had fresh baked bread, not frozen dinner rolls.
Food- this restaurant has so many options that there were many things that we wanted to try but we could not order it all. My wife started with a soup ( I know it is boring, but you can tell a lot about a restaurant just by a soup) they do 2 different soups every day and my wife tried the corn chowder which she said was excellent and I tasted it and agreed. I had a Tuna Tostada, with is seared tune on a tortillia, with avocado, marinated cucumber and chipolte mayo and it was great. For the kids I ordered a mac and cheese and a fish and chips. The mac and cheese also came with string beans which was a nice change from french fries. The kids meals also came with a drink (apple juice) each kids meal was 8.99, i think. Very reasonable.
For our main we were torn, all the pastas looked great but we were drawn to the ravioli for 1 reason. The waitress said they were home-made. Now many times a restaurant will say the something is homemade and I know when it comes that it is not. I dont know why restaurants lie, but the do. I didnt know what to expect. But when they came, they clearly were fresh. They were very large and delicious. The cheese filling had a little pepper added and the whole thing was great. My wife had the sesame salmon which the waitress said was the most popular fish dish and it was excellent.
After stuffing our faces and finishing off the kids meals ( the mac and cheese was delicious, I asked if they do it adult sizes and they do) We had no room for dessert but the dessert menu looks great. They make all the cakes on premise and they also have a pastry chef.
All in all, I would say that this is a great addition to the englewood/teaneck restaurant scene. I would say that the negatives are for the most part, the brightness of the space, the brick walls that seem to accentuate the noise level, and the amount of seating seems to be a little low based on the amount of space they have. However, the important points, food, service and cleanliness are all above average at this spot.
the website is Arielskosher.com
I will be returning, probably with just my wife, for a nice quiet evening withour the kids